UN-GO unveiled its second case this week, which revolved around the murder of Osada Hisako. The victim was found dead in a suitcase by a greedy taxi driver. Rinroku and the legal authorities believed that Hisako’s lover, a cross-dresser Aramaki, was the culprit but the victim’s daughter, Osada An, believed otherwise. She enlisted the help of Shinjurou to get to the bottom of the case. Once again, we get to see how Shinjurou and his mysterious assistant, Inga, worked together to solve the crime.
I personally find this case was nicely done. It shifted the suspicion from one person to another, throwing it back and forth between An and the idol group Yonagahime. However, once every information required is gathered it’s easy to see who is the actual villain. Compared to last week’s case, the motive is more understandable. Koyama said the crime shall be labeled as crime of passion, and I totally agree. But in different context – passion for singing.
We know nothing more than we already knew about the characters this week. And I don’t know if we’ll ever know more about the characters. Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true. I found out that Inga was exceptionally strong as a woman. Was that red bruise or blood on Shinjuro’s cheeks? He looked like he cried in pain. But seriously, the cases so far were done in a simple manner. Give a case, grab the two detectives, put on a show and that’s it. There weren’t even enough to develop a connection to the characters, not even Shinjurou and Inga.
By now, I think there are three things that will stay. First of all, the name and roles of the characters – which I still think it’s a good thing because it reminds me of who is who and what. Secondly, the transformation of Inga. And lastly, the awful deductions of Rinroku. You know, Rinroku should be locked in prison for causing mental distress to Aramaki, which eventually led to his death. Or maybe Koyama really sent someone to kill him. Who knows.
I find the fact that An gets to roam about freely after murdering her mother AND confessing the crime rather disturbing. As long as Rinroku made the deduction, however wrong it is, the supposed villain is pronounced guilty. It’s so wrong! Since when not be able to sing publicly is a punishment given in the name of justice?